John Michael Higgins

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John Michael Higgins
Born (1963-02-12) February 12, 1963 (age 54)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1985–present

John Michael Higgins (born February 12, 1963) is an American actor[1] and voice actor whose film credits include Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, the role of David Letterman in HBO's The Late Shift, and a starring role in the American version of Kath & Kim. He portrayed Peter Lovett in the TV Land original sitcom Happily Divorced, and provided the voice of Iknik Blackstone Varrick in The Legend of Korra. He currently stars in the NBC sitcom Great News as Chuck Pierce.

Career[edit]

In 1991, Higgins was featured in Broadway's La Bête and, in 2000, he was seen Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in a production of Edward Albee's Tiny Alice. He also originated the title role in Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey Off-Broadway in 1994.

Higgins' numerous television credits include recurring characters on Ally McBeal, Brother's Keeper, Boston Legal and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show. In Season 8 of Seinfeld, he portrayed Elaine's boyfriend Kurt. He also played attorney Wayne Jarvis in five episodes of Arrested Development. Higgins arranged the dense vocal harmonies sung by the nine-part ("neuftet") New Main Street Singers in 2003's A Mighty Wind, a change from the writers' original concept to have the group sing in unison, leveraged by Higgins' musical talent.

Recently, Higgins has gained more recognition by being featured in the films Fun with Dick and Jane and The Break-Up, for which he also wrote vocal arrangements. His work as a voice actor includes the role of Judge Mentok in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and 2401 Penitent Tangent in Halo 2 and Riddler in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Higgins is also remembered for portraying David Letterman in the HBO TV film The Late Shift. Higgins could also be seen in the pre-show video for the Epcot attraction Test Track. However, the ride was refurbished in 2012 and the pre-show room was removed.

Higgins directs and appears on the stage from time to time as well. In 2004, he played Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in the American premiere of David Hare's Stuff Happens at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In 2003, he played the title role in A. R. Gurney's Big Bill at New York's Lincoln Center Theater.

Higgins has been featured in TV ads for DirecTV alongside fellow Christopher Guest co-star Ed Begley, Jr. and for Old Navy. He also stars in season 2 of TNT's Raising the Bar as an openly gay, rule-obsessed judge. Higgins took part in The Suite Life on Deck, taking the role as the obnoxious and secluded Mr. Tipton.

In 2011, Higgins was cast in Happily Divorced opposite Fran Drescher. He played Fran's gay ex-husband, Peter Lovett, a character based on Drescher's real-life gay ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson.

In 2012, Higgins was cast in The Legend of Korra as the voice of vain and eccentric business man Iknik Blackstone Varrick.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Vampire's Kiss Ed
1997 G.I. Jane Chief of Staff
1997 Wag the Dog John Levy
1999 Bicentennial Man Bill Feingold
2000 Seven Days to Live Social Worker
2000 Best in Show Scott Donlan
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Emergency Room Physician Uncredited
2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic Whit Summers
2003 A Mighty Wind Terry Bohner
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Andre Devine
2004 After the Sunset Hotel Manager Uncredited
2004 Killer Diller Deermont
2004 Blade: Trinity Dr. Edgar Vance
2005 English as a Second Language Norman Benjamin
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Garth
2006 The Break-Up Richard Meyers
2006 For Your Consideration Corey Taft
2007 Evan Almighty Marty
2007 Fred Claus Willie
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Record producer Uncredited
2008 Yes Man Nick
2009 Still Waiting... Dennis
2009 The Ugly Truth Larry
2009 Fired Up Coach Keith
2009 Couples Retreat Therapist
2010 The Burying Beetle Philip Short film
2011 Bad Teacher Principal Wally Snur
2011 6 Month Rule Paul
2011 We Bought a Zoo Walter Ferris
2012 My Uncle Rafael Damon
2012 Big Miracle Wes Handrick
2012 Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse Prince John (voice)
2012 Pitch Perfect John Smith
2013 Rapture-Palooza Mr. Lewis
2013 The Best Man Holiday Stan
2013 Super Buddies Drex (voice)
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Dandy #1
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Cad (voice)
2014 Tell Huffman
2014 Breaking the Bank Richard Grinding
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 John Smith
2016 Shimmer Lake Brad Dawkins
2016 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Mayor Wally
2016 Sundown Dad
2016 Mascots Upton French
2016 Internet Famous Dave Larson
2016 Almost Christmas Brooks
2017 Shimmer Lake Brad Dawkins
2017 Status Update Post-production
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 John Smith Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Miami Vice Murray Phillips Episode: "Hell Hath No Fury"
1991 Mathnet I. M. Uppwardd Episode: "The Case of the Poconos Paradise"
1994 The George Carlin Show Dan Goodwin Episode: "George Expresses Himself"
1996 Cybill Chip Episode: "Cybill Does Diary"
1996 The Late Shift David Letterman Television film
1997 Seinfeld Kurt Episode: "The Little Jerry"
1997 Weird Science Timidius Episode: "I, Chettus"
1997 Party of Five Glenn Episode: "S'Wunnerful Life"
1997–1998 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Ar'nox 3 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Master of Ceremonies Episode: "The Original Wives Club"
1998 Nothing Sacred Father Jesse Episode: "HIV Priest! Film at Eleven"
1998 Guys Like Us Mr. Levin Episode: "Maestro's First Crush"
1998–1999 Brother's Keeper Mark 3 episodes
1998–1999 Mad About You Patrick 2 episodes
2000 Get Real George Clark Episode: "Guilt"
2000 Movie Stars Kurt Mason Episode: "Who's on First?"
2000–2002 Ally McBeal Steven Milter 13 episodes
2001 Bette Alex Berringer Episode: "Big Business"
2001 Frasier William Episode: "It Takes Two to Tangle"
2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Plummer Episode: "The Mistake"
2002 George Lopez Charles Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Honey"
2002–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Mentok the Mindtaker, Zardo, Grape Ape, Various (voice) 30 episodes
2003 Monte Walsh Robert Slocum Television film
2003–2006 Arrested Development Wayne Jarvis 5 episodes
2004 Game Over Sully / Guidance Counselor / Proctor (voice) 4 episodes
2004 Monk Roddy Lankman Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Game Show"
2004 Boston Legal Jerry Austin 2 episodes
2005 Joey Albert 2 episodes
2006 So Notorious Phillip Walker Episode: "Whole"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Anthony Caprice Episode: "Time of Your Death"
2008–2009 Kath & Kim Phil Knight 17 episodes
2009 Numbers Floyd Mayborne Episode: "Dreamland"
2009 Raising the Bar Judge Albert Farnsworth 9 episodes
2009–2010 Community Professor Whitman 3 episodes
2010 Glee Russell Episode: "Dream On"
2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Various (voice) Episode: "Funshine, USA"
2010 Psych Clive Prescott Episode: "Chivalry Is Not Dead... But Someone Is"
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Riddler (voice) 2 episodes
2010 Human Target Richard Applebaum Episode: "The Other Side of the Mall"
2010–2011 Glory Daze Brother Jerrod 2 episodes
2011 The Suite Life on Deck Mr. Tipton Episode: "Twister: Part 3"
2011 Man Up! Mr. Tipton Episode: "Camping"
2011–2013 Happily Divorced Peter Lovett 34 episodes
2011–2013 The Good Wife Rodney Jesko 2 episodes
2011–2014 Wilfred Dr. Cahill 4 episodes
2012 Doc McStuffins Star Blaster Zero (voice) Episode: "Tea Party Tantrum/Blast Off!"
2012 Cars Toons Stanley (voice) Episode: "Time Travel Mater"
2012–2014 Sullivan & Son Gary Barton 3 episodes
2014–2017 Bob's Burgers Various voices 5 episodes
2013 Men at Work Lindsey Tucker Episode: "The New Boss"
2013 Good Morning Today Reverend Jeremiah Phelps (voice) Episode: "Episode Three"
2013–2014 The Legend of Korra Varrick / Various (voice) 22 episodes
2014 Mike & Molly Dr. Gayle Rosen Episode: "Mind Over Molly"
2014 Terry the Tomboy Doctor Larry Television film
2014 Phineas and Ferb Additional characters (voice) Episode: "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars"
2014 Franklin & Bash Dominic Episode: "Love Is the Drug"
2014 Jessie Carlisle Episode: "Between the Swoon and New York City"
2014–2017 Sofia the First Flambeau (voice) 2 episodes
2014–2015 Instant Mom Hoyt Ebnetter 3 episodes
2015 Turbo FAST Pasadena Paul / Trash Fire Snail (voice) Episode: "Groundhog, Stay!/Gone Guys Gone"
2015 Switched at Birth Larry Shimingo Episode: "Borrowing Your Enemy's Arrows"
2015 Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise Evan Television film
2015 Adam Ruins Everything Sommelier Episode: "Adam Ruins Restaurants"
2016 Angie Tribeca Randy Zaius / Dr. Zaius Episode: "The Thumb Affair"
2016 2 Broke Girls Elliot Episode: "And the Pity Party Bus"
2016 All Hail King Julien Barty (voice) 5 episodes
2016 Tween Fest Todd Crawford 8 episodes
2016 Awkward Garrett Gibson Episode: "Happy Campers. Happier Trails"
2017–present Great News Chuck Pierce 10 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Halo 2 2401 Penitent Tangent (voice)
2008 Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Mentok the Mindtaker (voice)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orndorf, Brian (February 9, 2009). "Still Waiting...". DVD Talk. 

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